HOUSE OF GLASS: THE STORY AND SECRETS OF A TWENTIETH-CENTURY JEWISH FAMILY
Hadley Freeman in conversation with Sarah Carey
25/09/2020 at 7:00pm
When Hadley Freeman found a shoebox filled with her grandmother’s treasured belongings, it started a decade-long quest to find out their haunting significance and to dig deep into the extraordinary lives of Sala Glass and her three brothers. The search takes Hadley from Picasso’s archives in Paris to a secret room in a farmhouse in Auvergne to Long Island and to Auschwitz. By piecing together letters, photos and an unpublished memoir, Hadley brings to life the full story of the Glass siblings: Alex’s past as a fashion couturier and friend of Dior and Chagall; trusting and brave Jacques, a fierce patriot for his adopted country; and the brilliant Henri who hid in occupied France – each of them made extraordinary bids for survival during the Second World War. And alongside her great-uncles’ extraordinary acts of courage in Vichy France, Hadley discovers her grandmother’s equally heroic but more private form of female self-sacrifice.
Hadley Freeman is an American British author, columnist and features writer for The Guardian.
House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish family by Hadley Freeman is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/
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